Forest preserve cop on video in Puerto Rican flag shirt harassment case quits before hearing

 
 
Updated 7/12/2018 10:20 AM
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  • A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve, after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video, above, of the incident.

    A Chicago man is accused of harassing a woman wearing a shirt of the Puerto Rican flag in a Cook County Forest Preserve, after a viral video showed the confrontation. A forest preserve police officer is seen only in the background of a video, above, of the incident.

Editor's note: This story has been updated to correct the spelling of Patrick Connor's name.

A Cook County forest preserve police officer accused of doing nothing as a woman was verbally assaulted stepped down from his job Wednesday.

"Effective today, Officer Patrick Connor no longer serves in the police department of the Forest Preserves of Cook County," the forest district said in a statement. "He resigned late today. But that isn't where our work ends. We are further addressing aspects of this incident and General Superintendent Arnold Randall will have more details at a media availability tomorrow morning. No further information is available this evening.

A disciplinary hearing was scheduled for Thursday.

Last month, an aggressive man berated a woman for wearing a shirt bearing the Puerto Rican flag at the Caldwell Woods Forest Preserve on the Northwest Side. After Mia Irizarry posted a 36-minute video of the confrontation on Facebook, edited versions began bouncing around social media platforms. Millions watched the flap, before it reached a critical mass that resulted international headlines and widespread condemnation this week.

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